Barry McNamara  |   Published October 13, 2015

Monsanto support

Company donates autoclave, incubator to Monmouth College’s biology department
  • Monmouth students Kayla Cherry and Priscilla Tun load the autoclave that was recently donated to the college by Monsanto Company.
The Monmouth College biology department is the recipient of a large-capacity multi-temperature incubator and an autoclave – a pressure chamber that sterilizes equipment – thanks to a donation by the Monsanto Company.
  “The addition of the Monsanto equipment will allow us to double our capacity to conduct research with students, as well as to handle our increased course load,” said the college’s biology laboratory manager, Kathy Mainz. “This donation not only impacts biology, but also chemistry, since we share spaces and equipment with them. One of the advantages of the Center for Science and Business is that it allows us to better share materials and resources that can be utilized by multiple departments.”   “We try to support area schools and the community when we can,” explained Troy Coziahr, Learning Center manager at Monsanto’s Monmouth Agronomy Center.   The donation is just one way that Monsanto and Monmouth College work together. Coziahr recently met with administration and faculty to discuss other possible collaborations, some tied to the college’s Global Food Security initiative. Coziahr, who is in his eighth year at the Monmouth site, has also visited campus to speak to Introductory to Liberal Arts students and to a sustainable food class.   “We’re glad to help out,” said Coziahr, whose division of the company serves as its “public face,” with an emphasis on education and outreach. “We’re always looking for ways we can support education in the area.”   Coziahr said that the Monmouth site provides tours and training for more than 5,000 visitors every year.   “They come here from all over the world,” he said.
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